22 September 2017 @ 07:12 pm
Hank
"What do you mean you forgot the cookies?"

Oh, this pooch. He is another one of those instant loves - he is calm when anyone comes in, just looks at everyone with that soulful gaze and wags his tail. He's a dream to walk, always checks in with you, and loves to run and play. I love him. Plus, he's drop dead gorgeous. It's always a treat when I get to take him out, and here's hoping he goes fast.
 
 
 
 
21 September 2017 @ 07:49 pm
Red Dragon(fly)

I finally captured this dragonfly. It's been zooming around the building for a while and either wouldn't stop, or stopped when all I had on me was my cell phone. Not the best backdrop, but beggars can't be choosers.

Also, today I realized how grateful I should be that I have a moderate level of smarts. I have no idea how the person I saw managed to make it to adulthood. No diagnosed developmental delays, just old fashioned "duh, what?"
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21 September 2017 @ 12:39 pm
Under the cut because there's a lot of them. )
 
 
Current Music: Silence is golden.
 
 
Finished re-capping 1.12 The River Of Stars :)



The usual rules apply – credit, don’t hotlink, don’t ask for zips/rars!

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21 September 2017 @ 06:50 pm
 Just a heads up that I'm now on Pillowfort and Facebook.
 
 
21 September 2017 @ 01:54 pm

Here’s some Crusher Tumblr edits…

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20 September 2017 @ 10:36 pm
doing another re-watch of the classic cartoon. we tried to do one before by renting the disks, but i think netflix dropped then or didn't have all of them, so now we're doing in on netflix streaming. some thoughts;

the animation on some episodes is messed up due to the fact that they sent stuff to japan.

j. michael straczynski wrote a lot of episodes. including what many consider the worst/weirdest episode about a man that lives near a chicken restaurant, is driven mad by the smell & then summons a demon to rid the world of chickens.
my brother said the imdb.com trivia said the producers were concerned with his mental health after reading the script. but like my brother said: "who's crazier, the guy who wrote it? or the people who approved it?"

david gerrold (writer of the star trek: tos episode the trouble with tribbles) wrote an episode. interestingly enough the one he wrote deals with the trouble a creature that multiplies can cause.

there was no pilot, not really. the "pilot" was animated music video of the characters, more or less how they ended up looking on the show, set to the ghostbusters theme song. the full lenght too, not the shorter one used for the opening of the animated series.


* i feel this should be the subtitle of the 1984 movie. that thing that come out last year should not share the same name, IMHO. instead of a re-boot they should of did a continuation. one of the women wins a mega-jackpot lottery, buys a ghostbusters franchise, maybe in los angeles, & they go from there. the guys could of done cameos as their character, except for harold ramis (r.i.p) & then gone on that way
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Current Music: night insects
Current Location: late at night
Current Mood: nostalgic
 
 
20 September 2017 @ 07:04 pm
Actual Succulent

Yesterday, someone brought in a three month old pit bull puppy. He is the cutest baby, I'm not even exaggerating. White with a black patch over one eye and a nearly perfectly circular black spot on his rump. The reason? "He pees."

Yes, folks, someone brought a puppy in for peeing. Grrrr.

And today a sweet 9 month old pup got returned because she was too high energy for the people. It's so easy to fall in love with a dog at the shelter but get in way over your head in reality. I totally know how that goes. "My" little pup has moved out of my neighborhood, so I don't get to see her anymore. :(
 
 
 
20 September 2017 @ 02:43 pm
Books:
- What Happened, by Hillary Clinton. I thought this was a fascinating book. a memoir of an interesting time (ha ha) from a person who was there, and some great policy and life prescriptions. Haters can step off.

Movies/TV:
- none

Music:
- Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Luciferian Towers. I'd never actually listened to the grand ancestors of post-rock before and yeah, they're everything I love and don't love about post-rock. I previewed the whole album on NPR streaming and I think I'm going to get it when it comes out.
- Cut Copy, Haiku From Zero. Liked this one so well with its lovely 80s sounds that I pre-ordered it before it was finished.
 
 
Current Music: Silence is golden.
 
 
20 September 2017 @ 02:00 pm
Thanks to [personal profile] cesy for the heads-up -- Hope not Hate have launched a US site:

Hope Not Hate (Twitter: [twitter.com profile] hopenothate_USA)

By way of making a dramatic entry, this seems to have been timed to co-ordinate with the announcement of their epic undercover project: Patrik Hermansson, an extremely brave young Swedish grad student, infiltrated the alt-right and lived undercover in the movement in London and the US for nearly a year, wired for sound and carrying hidden cameras. This ultimately included being at Charlottesville and witnessing the car attack that killed Heather Heyer.

The documentary is coming soon, and the comprehensive report on the international alt-right (for which the infiltration was part of the research) is here:

The International Alternative Right

News reports:

New York Times: Undercover With the Alt-Right

Raw Story: ‘It’s gonna end with concentration camps’: Alt-right executive boasts of a future Europe with Hitler on their money

As you will have noticed, I love HnH. They have a long history working against fascist and far right groups in the UK, through research, infiltration, legal action, anti-racist/xenophobic education and campaigning, and their work seems to have naturally become international as the "alt-right" has (e.g. with the "Defend Europe" boat). I think their expertise (and the willingness of their reporters to put their necks on the line, holy fuck) will be a formidable addition to the US scene.

Also they will allow you to give them money to help sue Nigel Farage, and honestly I would love them for that alone. PLEASE TAKE MY MONEY, PLEASE.
 
 
The Guardian: Medieval porpoise 'grave' on Channel island puzzles archaeologists

I love everything about this story:

Archaeologists digging at an island religious retreat have unearthed the remains of a porpoise that, mystifyingly, appears to have been carefully buried in its own medieval grave.

MAYBE THE PORPOISE WAS A MONK, HAVE YOU THOUGHT ABOUT THAT.

... and now I eagerly await the medieval monk were-porpoise shifter romance.

For a different kind of wonderful:

The Fader: This Artist Is Filling London With Murals Of Extraordinary Black Women

The art is gorgeous, but what I really love is that he's portraying his female friends, people who aren't famous but are ordinary/extraordinary people - a youth worker, a psychotherapist, and so on. And I love the shots of the murals with the real women posed next to them.
 
 
19 September 2017 @ 06:29 pm
Tiny Arachnid

What a day. It's boot weather, suddenly, so I was rooting around in my shoe closet (don't judge me, it's not like that, really). I've intended to get an actual boot rack for my boots, but haven't ever got motivated enough and so have them kind of stuffed into a large plastic storage bin, without the lid on. As I was looking for the left boot for one pair this morning, I started sniffing. I bought these little shoe freshener balls that I shift around from shoe to shoe. I don't like the smell of those things, actually, but this wasn't that. It was ...

Cat. Pee.

Apparently someone liked my shoe closet as a hideyhole when terrified and peed. All over my boot collection. This was probably months ago, so the smell is good and set in. *bangs head on wall* I suspect Abe, as when Pickle was peeing outside of the box a while back it was a direct commentary on the lack of suitable box options for her and no one else is a peer.

Then I came home to a giant puddle of puke under my kitchen table. THAT was Pickle, who hates getting brushed like whoa, then constantly barfs up hairballs. *bangs head on wall*

I love them, though, the little peeing and puking menaces.
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19 September 2017 @ 10:45 am
Via [tumblr.com profile] vassraptor and [tumblr.com profile] realsocialskills:

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network: ACA repeal is back – and so are we

Explanation, script and guide to contacting your representatives.
 
 
18 September 2017 @ 07:17 pm
Acronicta Hesperida

We had a tornado warning today. People were in a tizzy for a short while, including my boss who gathered us all together in the midst of it ... in the corner-situated conference room, which has two exteriors walls made entirely of windows. LOL. Me: I don't think this is where we should actually BE...

But nothing came of it. It's not common for tornadoes, though last year a small town down the coast got hit - they come up off of the ocean.
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17 September 2017 @ 03:33 pm
Jaffa Cake

About four and a half years ago, maybe longer (holy crow, where does time go?) I tackled homemade Jaffa Cakes but substituted orange curd in place of the jelly. They were delicious and I think they won the monthly contest on the now-defunct Bake,Bake,Bake community. This time, I went for the jelly but despite the apparent health qualities of gelatin, it just grosses me out to think on. So, I used agar powder.

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Innit pretty? Texturally, a bit grainier than gelatin, but it tastes fine. I do wonder if the orange will come through the chocolate. I had a heck of a time getting these covered. The jelly disks didn't want to stick to the cakes and the chocolate didn't want to stick to the jelly disks. They're a little sloppy, too, and I am 99% sure I over folded the flour into the sponge, but these are just for work folks. They'll get eaten. Hah.

Recipe here.